Shoppers peruse vendor booths inside the Harbor Lodge during Children’s Harbor’s Christmas market Saturday. Forty seven vendors set up booths selling a variety of items from crafts to baked goods. | Austin Nelson

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Christmas market raises $5,700

Published 12:37pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Organizers of the third annual Children’s Harbor Christmas Market that was held on Saturday are calling the event a success.

Children’s Harbor Director of Community Relations Tammy Jackson finished counting the money raised on Tuesday and said that the event raised about $5,700 so far.

“The first year we raised about $1,600,” Jackson said. “Money is still coming in, however – we will probably top out at $6,000.”

More than 47 vendors were present at the event.

“We try to keep the market short and sweet – everyone seems to enjoy it,” Jackson said. “The vendors were really pleased.”

Lauren Graves was one such vendor. Graves said it was her first time at the market, but the experience will likely bring her back next year.

“It is a little short, but it was a pleasure to be a part of it,” Graves said.

Jackson said that all the vendors donated 10 percent of their sales to Children’s Harbor, which is how the event raises funds.

Jackson said that her top vendor sold $4,500 for the day. She also added that the Boston butts and baked goods were very popular this year.

“We sold 100 percent of our Boston butts, and we also sold 100 percent of all our baked goods,” Jackson said.

Jackson said several vendors have already approached her about participating next year.

“People need to mark their calendars for the first Saturday in December next year,” Jackson said. “I think we will definitely have more than 50 vendors then.”

The funds raised will go towards a variety of the camp’s initiatives, including a current $4 million building project. The market is also a great time, Jackson said, for people to learn about what Children’s Harbor is all about.

“(The Christmas Market) is a chance to bring the community in so they can see the facilities, “ Jackson said.